I am trying to get my map to appear in layout view but when i click on the icon (at the bottom left) the layout view is just blank. Then when i go back to data view all my layers appear again.

How do I get a layer to translate to layout view?

  • Click the Full Extent icon in the Tools toolbar, your data frame is maybe not centered on the data
    – GISGe
    Commented Feb 8, 2018 at 12:44
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    If you have multiple frames, make sure you are activating the correct one not the empty frame.
    – ahmadhanb
    Commented Feb 8, 2018 at 14:27

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You need to add the data / items you want to see in the layout view. Switch to the layout view and explore the insert menu and its dataframe option.

You should read this detailed tutorial for step by step instructions

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